We've Just Found the Ultimate Denim Dresses for Summer

It keeps you cool, looks good against all skin tones and is an iconic fabric. Denim really is a wardrobe hero come summer (and heck, the rest of the year too).

So it's practically fashion lore that you can never own too many denim dresses. For starters, we can't think of any type of footwear that doesn't go with the style—from trainers to block heels, denim can carry anything. It also refuses to crease and is the perfect partner for straw totes and upscale leather bags.

We could go on waxing lyrical (it's great to travel in as well), but here's essentially what you need to know for this summer: pinafore and dungaree iterations are trending, inspired colourways are having a moment and ruffles are abundance if you like your silhouettes to be flirty.

We've scoured Instagram for some suitable styling inspiration and shopping options to cover all budgets. So go forth and expand your denim archive with some help from our edit below.

Laura Jackson's dreamy AlexaChung denim pinny has sadly sold out, but it's all the evidence we needed that coloured denim is where it's at. (And who knew red looked so fabulous with a straw bag?)

Remember black denim? It's not just reserved for skinny jeans, but for versatile dresses, too. 

We're having a summer fling with this little mini.

Wear with a Breton underneath for a chic alternative to blue.

Sophia Rosemary's button-down Topshop dress is simple but so effective. Versatility is the winning feature of this season's affection for pinafore-strap dresses, as you can experiment with layers underneath.

Good ol' Topshop has nailed the style of the season.

If you'd like yours to err on the side of dungarees, go for metal fastenings and raw edges. 

The shirtdress is an any-season staple, even in denim form. Charlotte Kuhrt models a short style for a summer heatwave and reminds us that you can never own too many versions of a great classic.

Something with a midi hem will almost certainly be deemed office-appropriate.

Stonewashed and with a zip is a great twist on a traditional shirtdress.

Chambray is a softer alternative to stiff denim.

Praise the ruffle! Freddie Harrel's frilly hem effortlessly elevates this dress from utilitarian to flirty.

A double dose of sleeves and hems ups the frill factor. 

Draw attention to your arms with a sprinkling of generously ruffled sleeves.

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